Friday night in Philadelphia, the Phillies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-2 win over Atlanta. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz each went deep, that's 3 days in a row for Ryno, to back good pitching once again from Kyle Kendrick, who went 6.2 inning, and gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6 to win his 10th game of the year. Kyle become the 4th HomeSider this year to reach 10 wins. Antonio Bastardo, who seems to be back on track for the first time this year, threw another scoreless frame of relief to pick up his 23rd hold of the season. It was the 65th win this year for former Claws! Michael Bourn was 1 for 4, and is just 4 for his last 38 for the Braves. The victory, combined with the Cardinals' 5-4 loss to the Cubs, moves the Phillies to 3 games back of St. Louis with 11 games to play. The Brewers and the Dodgers, who are in between, also won their games as the scramble for this last postseason berth looks like it will go right down to the wire.
In St Pete, Anthony Gose was 0 for 4 in the Blue Jays' 12-1 loss to the Rays. Anthony has hit a rough spot not unlike Bourn's, and is just 5 for his last 30..............In Denver, Josh Outman gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.2 innings of work for the Rockies in their 15-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Josh did strand 2 inherited runners when he first came in.